Sunday, 7 August 2016
Wales - It was reassuring to see lifeguards on duty on Poppit Sands, though we had no intention of going in the sea. They keep a watchful eye on things and spot the dangerous rip tides that can quickly imperil even good swimmers. RNLI lifeguards are trained and equipped by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution but paid by local authorities to provide a service at key beaches. There's an RNLI lifeboat station at Poppit Sands too. The RNLI is a charity and many of its members, including the lifeboat crews, are volunteers. Heroes all - but even heroes have to do the chores, keeping their boats and vehicles clean and well cared for.